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Introduction to Lakes Online Course

January 14, 2020 - March 13, 2020

If you desire to learn more about inland lakes, consider enrolling in the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) award winning Introduction to Lakes online course. Introduction to Lakes is a nationally recognized six-week class that is offered in a convenient, self-paced online format. The course is designed for lakefront property owners, lake users, local government officials, lake managers and educators. Course instructors include MSUE educators and state agency personnel. The course’s six units cover lake ecology, watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management and community involvement.

The 2020 course runs from January 14 to March 13. The cost of the course is $115 per person. An early-bird discount of $95 per person is available up to December 20. Registration will remain open through January 8. Registration information is available on the Introduction to Lakes course web page.

Students have week-by-week, 24-7 access to six online units complete with video lectures, activities, resources and quizzes. Students communicate with each other and instructors through discussion forums and biweekly live webinars. A certificate of completion is awarded to those who complete the course, and participants receive a free, one-year membership to Michigan Lakes and Streams Association, which includes four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Since the course was first offered online in 2015, more than 500 people across the country have participated.

Students can also receive continuing education credits including 16 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification credits and credits in the Master Citizen Planner, Master Gardener, Conservation Stewards and the Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist programs.


January 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
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